Temporary Services and Compound Yellow present the Self-Reliance Library and initiate the Self-Reliance School.
The Self-Reliance School will host classes, workshops, talks, public events, a book shop, a zine mercado and more from May – October 15, 2017.
** Stay tuned for closing event mid-October TBA soon **
THE SELF-RELIANCE SCHOOL is a group of people who want to share, learn, teach, build and make stuff together -- this group is open to ALL. We currently meet every other Friday eve to share potlucks, demonstrations, host talks, make or build together or just hang out. YOU are welcome too! Email us at email@example.com if you would like to know more or come meet and hang out with us!
**There will be several events / workshops as part of the SRS + SRL. Check the calendar, blog or FB page for more info**
The Self-Reliance Library opened on May 21, 2017 and is an autonomous reading and creating library. It is a collection of older books and reference materials that Temporary Services has found inspiring while doing our own projects and living our lives, as well as new books we are just starting to spend time with. The Self-Reliance Library contains recently published titles that are still available as well as out of print books that you can find in public libraries or on the secondary market. It includes a few of our own publications as well.
The collection is designed to provoke the reader, encourage a deeper relationship with our shared natural and human environment, solve creative problems, or suggest imaginative directions for a range of creative practices. Most of these books have strong visuals and an accessibly designed approach to sharing knowledge.
The descriptions of these titles were written by Temporary Services except where otherwise quoted from a book’s authors or editors. Copies of the books in this guide are exhibited publicly at exhibitions and events that include the Self-Reliance Library.
The Self-Reliance Library consists of over 80 books about visionary architecture, desperate or wildly imaginative mobility, miniature buildings and nomadic living, self-publishing and design, skill sharing, everyday repair solutions, running a music venue, spaces for parenthood, toys and design for children, ecologically sound living, foraging, blueprints for fantasy worlds and alternate realities, pranks and mischief, technologies used in prisons and other restrictive or impoverished settings, survivalism, weapons for self-defense or recreation, and creative approaches to living radically.
We present the books from the Library with banners we have made from plastic bags, furniture we have made specifically for the library, and items we have made that were inspired by the books.
Open Saturdays, noon-4pm thru October 2017. Come check it out!
Self-Reliance Book Shop
Come check us out on Saturdays, noon til 4!
Marc Fischer & Artists' Books, Zines and Printed Mayhem from Mexico
The Self-Reliance Library
Marc Fischer's Artists' Books, Zines & Printed Mayhem from Mexico, June 24
Self-Reliance School + An Ahistorical American Project
An Ahistorical American Project
Please join us for a potluck get together Saturday, September 2 from 5pm-8pm at Compound Yellow to celebrate An Ahistorical American Project: What Do You Need to Know?/ ¿Qué Se Necesita Saber? by Alisa Reith and Matthew Nicholas as part of the Self Reliance School.
Reith and Nicholas have used conversations surrounding the idea of the Self Reliance School and Temporary Services’ Self Reliance Library to create messages that respond to these initiatives which demonstrate the powerful currency we build through communication and metaphor as citizens and artists.
The piece includes a pole mounted upon the rooftop of CY, flying flags with the prompting text What Do You Need to Know?/¿Qué Se Necesita Saber? as well as a message board located at street level on the side yard of CY to engage public feedback.
Over the next year iterations of these flags and other activities will be created based upon the responses we get from the public.
So let's get together! Bring a tasty dish or a beverage and your ideas about what you need to know!
Matthew Nicholas’ recent visual work has taken the form of a project series of flag installations displaying statements responding to the current social and political climate of our culture. The work aims to prompt thought and discussion around labor, race, privilege and violence in America.
For this latest iteration, Matthew has teamed up with fellow musician and educator Ally Reith. Reith and Nicholas have used conversations surrounding the idea of the Self Reliance School and Temporary Services’ Self Reliance Library to create messages that respond to these initiatives which demonstrate the powerful currency we build through communication and metaphor as citizens and artists.
As our conversations and engagements change over the next 6 months, so will the messaging depicted on the flags.
SRS Studio: Inaugural Flag (work in progress)
“What do we need to know? / ¿Qué senecesita saber?
Matthew Nicholas Flag - Be Brave
SRL + ZINEmercado
Saturday, August 26, noon - 5pm
Join us for the ZINEmercado at Compound Yellow in Oak Park! This year's edition will feature zines by many artists, writers, musicians, and photographers! There will be food and beverages and lots to read with ZINEmercado right next to the Self-Reliance Library!
SRL + At Work with Thomas Kong
Saturday, July 22, 4-6p
Booklet release for “At Work with Thomas Kong” by Dan Miller with Illustrations by Ruby T, published by Half Letter Press
Dan Miller and Ruby T in conversation with writer and curator Kate Sierzputowski, preceded by a screening of a short film on Thomas Kong by Jimmy Schaus
Thomas Kong makes collages and assemblages out of advertising, packaging, and other surplus material while managing Kim’s Corner Food, a convenience store in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. In this publication, Chicago-based Australian artist Dan Miller introduces Kong’s prolific art practice and the first three years of their experimental collaboration. Together their productions have ranged from business cards and shopping baskets to The Back Room at Kim’s Corner Food. Housed in a converted storage room behind the store, The Back Room is a community-oriented art space and expanding archive of Kong’s work. Writing about the development of this interdependent relationship across gaps in age, culture, and artistic education, Miller reflects on what might be learned from both the ingenuity of Kong’s practice and their unlikely alliance. At Work with Thomas Kong includes excerpts from several interviews with Kong and illustrations by artist Ruby T, one of the project’s growing number of co-conspirators.
At Work with Thomas Kong will be released in the context of Temporary Services’ “Self-Reliance Library”—“an autonomous reading and creating library”—as part of their ongoing collaborative project “Self-Reliance School” project at Oak Park’s new Compound Yellow art space.
Thomas Kong lives and works in Chicago. His convenience store, Kim’s Corner Food, features an evolving installation of his collage and assemblage work. Kong received a degree in English Literature from Sogang University in 1972, and has lived in the Chicago area since 1977. For more information and details of upcoming projects visithttp://thomaskong.biz/
Dan Miller is an Australian artist living in Chicago. Since the fall of 2014 he has worked with Thomas Kong in an experimental collaboration whose projects include The Back Room at Kim’s Corner Food, an art space and archive housed in an adapted storage room behind Kong’s convenience store. Further information and work can be found athttp://danmiller.website/
Ruby T is an artist based in Chicago. Through drawing, collage, and object-making, she investigates the stimulating, banal, and often infrastructural as sites of power and exchange: nightclubs, domestic appliances, google image search results, broadcast news, brutalist architecture, sex. For more information visit http://rubyt.net/
Jimmy Schaus is a filmmaker and musician from Florida, currently based in Chicago. Recent films by Jimmy can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/user23682440
Kate Sierzputowski is a writer and curator based in Chicago. In 2013 she founded the website INSIDE\WITHIN to explore and archive the creative spaces of Chicago-based artists. Kate regularly contributes art writing to Hyperallergic, Colossal, and the Chicago Reader, and is a co-director of the artist-run gallery Julius Caesar. Her writing and interviews can be found at http://katesierzputowski.com/
Katrin Schnabl: Angel Brigade I & II
Sunday, June 25, 2-5p: Opening Reception for Katrin Schnabl: Angel Brigade I & II, 2017
An outdoor installation featuring two suspended circles made of restructured garments in Compound Yellow’s side yard.
This outdoor installation features two suspended circles in the Compound Yellow side yard. The-net-like interior is made of restructured garments. Schnabl employs these ‘membranes’, as she refers to them, to navigate and negotiate space: physical, emotional and philosophical. Over the duration of a season suspended outdoors, the cloths’ appearance is altered by the elements.
Katrin Schnabl's 'Angel Brigade'
Katrin Schnabl, 'Angel Brigade' Opening Reception
Forms & Features: Poetry Foundation Workshop Series
FORMS & FEATURES POETRY FOUNDATION WORKSHOP SERIES
All experience levels are welcome to our poetry discussions and writing workshops led by Poetry Foundation Library staff member Maggie Queeney. Free Admission - Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, September 18, 6-8p - Forms & Features at Compound Yellow: Rhyme
In September, our session will explore rhyme, a correspondence of sound that Rilke called the “goddess of secret and ancient coincidences.”
Participants will explore different types and poetic uses of rhyme in a wide range of poems. A creative workshop, where participants will be guided through composing original verse in rhyme, will conclude the session.
Monday, August 21, 6-8p - Forms & Features at Compound Yellow: Ephemeral Poetry
In August, Forms & Features will explore ephemeral poetry, verse written on a variety of physical objects.
The group will explore the connections and tensions between the physical and poetic in a wide range of ephemeral poems. A creative workshop, where participants will be guided through composing original poems on various materials, will conclude the session.
Monday, July 17, 6-8p - Forms & Features at Compound Yellow: Diction
All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop moderated by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney. In June, Forms & Features trains its focus on the diction of poetry, exploring how word choice and vocabulary shapes tone and voice.
The group will explore distinct vocabularies and uses of diction in a wide range of poems. A creative workshop, where participants will be guided through composing original verse, will conclude the session.
All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop moderated by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney. In this session, we focus on the prose poem, a hybrid composition that takes the appearance of prose while assuming the devices, and name, of poetry.
The group will explore a wide variety of prose poems. A creative workshop, where participants will be guided through composing original prose poems, will conclude the session.
Monday, May 15, 6-8p: Tone
All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop moderated by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney. In this session, we focus on tone, a complex of attitudes toward the poem’s subject and audience.
The group will discuss aspects and effects of tone in a wide variety of poems. A creative workshop, where participants will be guided through composing original poems exploring tone, will conclude the session. To register, please email email@example.com.
Monday, April 17, 6-8 pm: Epistle
In April, we focus on the epistle, a poem addressed to a specific person and located in a specific space and time. After reading and discussing a wide range of epistles, participants will be guided through composing original epistolary poems.
Monday, March 20, 6-8 pm: Personification
In March, we explore personification, the device that transforms the non-human (the animal, the collective, the inanimate, the abstract) into human. The group will read and discuss a wide range of poems before composing original poems employing personification.
Monday, February 20, 6-8 pm: Tanka
In February, we explore tanka, an ancient Japanese mood poem often composed in sequence or conversation. The group will read and discuss a wide variety of poems. A creative workshop, where participants will be guided through composing original tankas, will conclude the session.
Monday, January 20, 6-8 pm: Image
In January, we focus on the image, the sensual description evoking the physical world, and the connection between imagery and meaning. Participants will explore the effects of imagery in a wide range of poems. A creative workshop, where participants will be guided through composing an original image-driven poem, concludes the session.